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City face fight to stay fourth

first_imgManchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta accepts the fallen champions are facing a battle to finish in the top four. Press Association Zabaleta admits confidence is low with Sunday’s derby loss at Manchester United having continued a dismal run which has seen City capitulate in the Barclays Premier League title race. Manuel Pellegrini’s men crashed 4-2 at Old Trafford, a sixth defeat in eight games in all competitions and a result which leaves them fourth and clinging onto a Champions League place. It is a far cry from the situation on New Year’s Day, when the defending champions pulled level with Chelsea at the top with a 3-2 win over Sunderland. Having been eight points behind just over a month earlier, City appeared to be clicking into gear – but all has suddenly gone wrong. They now trail the leaders by 12 points, having played a game more, and their form continues to offer encouragement for the likes of Southampton and Liverpool below them. Zabaleta said: “It is time to analyse what we are doing wrong and try to improve for the next few games. There are still 18 points to play for and we must be honest with ourselves and start to push hard, play better and win games, so we can get in the top four. “When you lose those games it is always really hard, but that is football sometimes. Football is about momentum. “It seems you lose confidence when you cannot get results and it was a really tough afternoon.” City were chasing a record fifth successive derby win and the occasion initially seemed to rouse them from their recent troubles as they made a blistering start. Their movement and energy was superb and they claimed a well-worked opening goal through Sergio Aguero after just eight minutes. But that was as good as it got as United equalised through the excellent Ashley Young and then took complete control. Further goals from the impressive Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata and Chris Smalling secured a convincing win before Aguero’s 100th City goal came as a late consolation. “It seems we lost confidence and were nervous,” said Zabaleta. “Then it was hard for the team to react and we conceded the second goal. “In the second half we didn’t create many chances and when United scored the third goal the game was over.” Winger Jesus Navas was at a loss to explain City’s failure to impose themselves after United pulled back level. The Spaniard said: “I don’t really know (what happened). They scored the equaliser and they were back in the game. We started strong but it wasn’t our day and we need to focus on the upcoming games. It’s Champions League (qualification at stake) so we have to fight until the end to be in the top four.” last_img read more

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Yohan Cabaye’s goal enough to get Crystal Palace a win over Southampton

first_imgCrystal Palace climbed to sixth place in the Premier League with a comfortable 1-0 defeat of Southampton. Despite sufficient possession in the final third, it took until the 78th minute for Palace to again look like scoring. Again it was Bolasie’s creativity which provided the goalscoring chance, and again Zaha, with both time and space – similarly to his first-half effort when he also should have hit the target – struck beyond the bar. Pardew would only have been more satisfied had Wickham’s powerful, close-range shot not been saved by Gazzaniga when just three minutes remained, though he will reflect his team also owe Hennessey for producing a crucial save from Long when the forward was through on goal deep into stoppage time. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Great 3 points on to the next #cpfc #team243 Godisgreat” – Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie (@YannickBolasie) was pleased to play a part in his side’s victory at Selhurst Park PLAYER RATINGS Crystal Palace Wayne Hennessey: 8 Joel Ward: 7 Scott Dann: 7 Damien Delaney (c): 7 Pape Souare: 7 Yohan Cabaye: 8 James McArthur: 7 Wilfried Zaha: 6 Jason Puncheon: 6 Yannick Bolasie: 8 Connor Wickham: 7 Subs Jordon Mutch: 5 Marouane Chamakh: 5 Southampton: Paulo Gazzaniga: 7 Cedric Soares: 7 Jose Fonte (c): 6 Virgil van Dijk: 6 Ryan Bertrand: 6 Maya Yoshida: 5 Oriol Romeu: 5 Steven Davis: 7 Victor Wanyama: 6 Sadio Mane: 7 Shane Long: 7 Subs Dusan Tadic: 6 James Ward-Prowse: 6 Graziano Pelle: 6 STAR PLAYER Yannick Bolasie. The talented forward produced another eye-catching performance to frequently threaten and to create Yohan Cabaye’s goal. Had Wilfried Zaha been a better finisher, he would have had another assist, too. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Deep into stoppage time with the last chance of the match, Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey produced a crucial save to deny Southampton’s Shane Long and effectively secure victory. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Alan Pardew had made no secret of his desire to win to lift his team into sixth place, and Palace’s attacking play ultimately deserved the victory they achieved. Ronald Koeman is experiencing the worst run of his reign at Southampton, but his team were far from poor, and it is difficult to hold injuries to important players against him. MOAN OF THE MATCH Wilfried Zaha’s finishing. The forward often promises so much, and Pardew has recently spoken of his ability to again compete with a place in the England squad, but he is painfully wasteful in front of goal. He had two fine goalscoring chances and not only wasted each, but failed to even shoot on target. An international quality player would have done better. WHO’S UP NEXT? Stoke v Crystal Palace (Barclays Premier League, Saturday 19 December) Southampton v Tottenham (Barclays Premier League, Saturday 19 December) Perhaps sensing his team therefore lacked the ability to compete with Palace in the attacking way Koeman generally prefers, James Ward-Prowse was dropped for Oriol Romeu, whose appearance in the same midfield as defender Ryan Bertrand gave Southampton an unusually-defensive appearance. With Wilfried Zaha again available following suspension and Mile Jedinak, his replacement on Monday at Everton, injured, Palace manager Alan Pardew recalled the forward to his starting XI and encouraged his team to attack. It took 20 minutes before they threatened, however, but as soon as they did the pressure on Southampton was intense. Yannick Bolasie’s inswinging cross-come-shot forced a corner when Gazzaniga tipped the ball over the crossbar, and from it Cabaye tested the goalkeeper with a powerful near-post shot that earned a second corner. On this occasion the Frenchman crossed to Connor Wickham, whose header was saved by Gazzaniga before being scrambled clear, and with their next attack almost immediately after Cabaye played Zaha into space in the area, from where the forward disappointingly struck just over. Southampton’s first notable attack soon followed. On the counter, Sadio Mane’s lofted pass gave Long time and space and the Irishman, beating goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, went even closer than Cabaye had when he cut in from the left and curled a right-footed shot just inches high and wide. Hennessey then impressed with a reaction save from Steven Davis’ close-range header after the visitors’ next attempt on goal, before Palace responded by scoring in the 38th minute. On the right wing by Southampton’s penalty area, the again-impressive Bolasie defeated Southampton’s defence and Gazzaniga with a low cut-back to Cabaye that gifted the Frenchman a close-range tap-in into a near-open goal. It was the lead the home side deserved – created by players of the quality not seen at Selhurst Park until recent seasons – and in a sign of their confidence they sought a second after half-time. In the latest demonstration that European football is not beyond them, they outplayed their similarly-ambitious rivals and secured victory with a goal from Yohan Cabaye, their £10million record signing. Injuries forced manager Ronald Koeman to make further changes to his already out-of-form Southampton side. A toe injury suffered on Thursday by goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg led to a rare start for Paulo Gazzaniga, while owing to what Koeman described as “knee problems”, Graziano Pelle was named as a substitute, with Shane Long starting in his place. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Betsson partnership sees GIG Comply maintain its tier1 status

first_imgShare Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Ronni Hartvig, BetssonStockholm-listed online gambling group Betsson AB has become the latest industry incumbent to integrate Gaming Innovation Group’s ‘GIG Comply’ provisions across its digital marketing operations.Updating stakeholders, Betsson details that it has integrated the industry’s most sophisticated ‘compliance screening tool’ to support its ongoing multi-brand marketing campaigns.Helping operators adhere to diverse marketing compliance standards across multiple jurisdictions, GiG Comply is able to scan +30,000 web pages daily referencing operator brands/domains.Ronni Hartvig, Chief Commercial Officer at Betsson Operations, said: “We are looking forward to working with the GiG Comply product to reinforce Betsson Group’s existing compliance processes. The product will support us in guaranteeing that affiliate activity and marketing is compliant and sustainable.”Betsson details that its group marketing will benefit from GIG Comply provisions by reducing ‘laborious manual checking of partner websites’ and gaining deeper oversight on compliance reporting to maintain standards and help avoid potential future conflicts.Richard Brown – GIGPublishing its H1 2019 results, GIG governance highlighted its compliance tool as one of the fastest-growing divisions of the company, which has secured ten tier-1 clients since its launch.Richard Brown, Chief Operations Officer at GiG, added: “We are excited to add Betsson Group to our growing number of partners and to support them in protecting their brands and end-users. Our leading marketing and compliance technology will allow Betsson Group to keep even more control of its affiliate marketing.” Submit Share Related Articles StumbleUpon GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 GiG ups code security oversight with Checkmarx July 10, 2020last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter APT has ended 2018 and

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterAPT has ended 2018 and will start 2019 with a fresh new logo and emphasis on “redefining luxury travel”.The cruise and tour operator says “luxury is not just a five-star hotel or extravagant pool; it is an all-encompassing experience where everything is taken care of from start to finish, and no-one does luxury travel better.”APT CEO Steve Reynolds said: “The term ‘luxury’ is used loosely these days, popping up more and more, while offering less and less substance.“We have always believed that the true essence of real luxury is to be ‘all inclusive, all taken care of, so you can live fully’.”“Private transfers, full porterage service, a personal butler, no sneaky additional beverage or gratuity charges: this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the APT experience,” the company said.“The indulgent or inaccessible. Adventurous or leisurely. Theatre or wildlife. Wi-Fi or campfire. Iconic or quirky. Introduction or in-depth. Maybe all of the above. At APT, we don’t define luxury, we provide you [with] the freedom to find your own version,” APT says on its website.The new ‘Live Fully’ campaign (preview below) launches in January with broadcast partnership of the Australian Open, a longstanding association which this year moves from Channel Seven to Channel Nine. “It’s great to align our longstanding, Melbourne-based brand with this amazing Melbourne event. Both properties deliver aworld-classs experience, showcasing the best of Australia to the world,” Reynolds concludes.More details at www.aptouring.com.au/discover/live-fully Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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